Late penalties prove costly for Bombers

KIRK PENTON, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 1:11 AM ET

MONTREAL — If there’s one thing the Bombers have become good at this season, it’s finding ways to lose football games.

On Sunday against the Alouettes, it could be argued they went the penalty route. They got tagged for two fourth-quarter infractions that had significant impact on the contest.

First, rookie defensive back Alex Suber received a 15-yard penalty for unnecessary roughness when he retaliated against Chip Cox on a punt return. The 15-yarder, combined with his no-yards penalty on the same play, allowed the Als to start at Winnipeg’s 43-yard line.

Seven plays later Colt David kicked what turned out to be the winning field goal.

Suber didn’t seem too concerned about his penalty after the game.

“We went at it, and this game, after the play, he threw a blow,” Suber said. “I just retaliated. Nothing serious, man. It’s over. Nobody got ejected, so it’s all good. I’ll probably be fined, though.”

Then, in the final minute with the Bombers down by three, Jovon Johnson had a long punt return that was similar to the one he had last week that helped the Bombers complete their stunning comeback against the B.C. Lions.

Johnson got the Bombers close to field goal range once again on Sunday, but it was wiped out by Courtney Smith’s illegal block.

“We had a player in his first time back on the roster in a couple weeks, and he blocked the guy in the back,” LaPolice said of Smith. “That was obviously a crucial penalty.”

Johnson said it was a close call.

“It could’ve went either way, but I thought it was a good block,” he said. “The guy had no chance of making a play anyway.”

LaPolice was also perturbed by Brock Ralph’s offside penalty when the Bombers were trying to get into field goal position on the final drive of the game.

“We can’t go offside there, because we think the play that we called was going to work very well,” he said.

NOT SO SPECIAL: The Alouettes executed a fake punt for a first down in the second quarter, and it led to David’s 22-yard field goal.

Facing third-and-two, Matthieu Proulx took a direct snap and ended up rumbling 22 yards for the first down.

“We missed a tackle,” LaPolice said. “One of our best tacklers was right there, and he missed the tackle. I think it was (Brandon) Stewart. He was right there. He came over and he was like, ‘I was right there. I had him, and I lost him.’ We gotta tackle better.”

LATE HITS: The Bombers have lost nine in a row on the road dating back to last season. The last time they lost every road game in a season was 1998 … Jyles left the game late in the first half after getting sacked by J.P. Bekasiak, but returned to start the third quarter … Phillip Hunt had his league-leading 14th sack for the Bombers … Fred Reid had 10 carries for 47 yards … Ben Cahoon’s touchdown catch was his first of the season … Clint Kent suffered a triceps injury but finished the game … The Philadelphia Eagles had a scout taking in Sunday’s game.


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